How To Paint A Grey Leather Sofa

How To Paint A Grey Leather Sofa

August 1, 2023

Jane Smith, Managing Director

If you want to paint a grey leather sofa, there are a few things you should consider before getting started. Here are some tips to help you paint your leather sofa:

Some important steps is understanding the leather preparation stages, the prep stage is the most important part of this full process, if this is done thoroughly and correctly then you will have a long-lasting grey leather painted sofa.


  1. Choose the right type of paint: painted Leather is a non-porous material, so you'll need to choose a paint that is specifically designed to adhere to it. Look for a paint that is labelled as "leather paint" or "vinyl paint". These paints are formulated to be flexible, durable, and long-lasting. Our leather colourant dyeis the perfect choice for this job, as it’s a professional product and is not an acrylic which can crack and flake off.
  1. Clean the leather sofa:If you are not painting the full sofa, then you'll need to clean the leather sofa thoroughly before you begin. This is done so the colour can be matched to the parts that are not getting painted. If you are painting the full sofa, then you can skip this stage and go to the prep stages. Unless your sofa has a lot of thick dirt and debris on it with dust, which will need to be removed first, you will need to use a dedicated leather cleaner to remove any dirt, dust, or grime from the surface of the leather. Wipe a damp cloth over the leather surface and let it dry completely before painting.
  1. Leather preparation: The prep stage is the most important part of this leather painting process. This is where the surface colour is partially removed to make the surface absorbent again to get the new grey leather paint to bend correctly.
  1. Sand the surface: Use a fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of the leather. This will help the paint adhere better to the surface.
  1. Apply the paint: Use a foam sponge or a spray gun to apply the paint to the leather sofa. Start with a thin coat and allow it to dry completely before applying additional coats. Depending on the type of paint you're using, you may need to apply several coats to achieve the desired colour and coverage. Between each coat of paint don’t forget to use 1200 grit sandpaper to lightly sand, this will remove any small particles of dust that have landed in the new grey paint.
  1. Seal the paint: Once you've applied the final coat of paint, you'll need to seal it to protect it from wear and tear. Use a clear coat lacquer sealer specifically designed for leather to seal the paint. Apply the sealer in thin, even coats and allow it to dry completely before using the sofa. If you happen to get bubbles appearing on the surface before you dry these with a hairdryer gently dab these until they have all dispersed, if you just dry them, they will pop and leave an uneven finish on the surface.
  2. Protecting the leather: It’s important to follow a protection system, to protect the coating from daily use, wear and tear and IUV sun fading, with a protection cream applied this will stop dirt and grime from bonding to the surface of the leather, making cleaning much easier making your leather last even longer.


It's important to note that painting a leather sofa with new paint is not going to make it last for ever, it will last as long as what it did the first-time round. The paint may eventually wear off or crack over time just as it did before. It's always best to consult with professionals before attempting to paint a leather sofa to ensure that you are using the proper materials and techniques and have everything to hand once you start as the last thing you want is to get half way through and find you need additional products to complete your DIY leather project.

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